Sanaz Alasti, assistant professor of criminal justice at Lamar University and a native of Iran, has been named a Fellow of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.
Alasti did post-doctoral research in comparative studies of capital punishment at Harvard School of Law in 2011. She received her doctor of judicial science degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2008, a master of law from Tehran University School of Law in Iran in 2003, and a bachelor of law from Allame Tabatabaee University School of Law in Iran in 2001.
She is the author of several books on criminal law, the criminal justice system, comparative punishment practices and rituals, and criminology. She is a recipient of the Teaching Appreciation Award from Criminal Justice Department, Heald College, San Francisco, 2010; the Merit Scholarship, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2004; the Graduate Student Award, Criminology Department, Tehran University (2003); and the Top Student Award, Allame Tabatabaee University School of Law, 2001.
Alasti has attended numerous conferences in the U.S., Middle East and Europe to discuss the arbitrariness of capital punishment. She has recently traveled to Italy as a lecturer to provide instruction to military officers, legal advisors, political and policy advisors on Middle Eastern criminal justice systems at a seminar hosted by NATO School. Her interviews have been featured in the New Yorker and the Examiner .
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